Kate Monk's Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)


A fairly large group of English surnames is formed from first names and their derivatives and diminutives. This list includes some of the most common female names at the time surnames were becoming fixed in England, and their connected surnames. Matronymics (or metronymics) do not necessarily imply illegitimacy as a posthumous baby took its mother's name and a wife's dominating nature or more unusual name (if her husband had a very common one) might have led to her given name becoming the child's surname.

First Name Surname
Agatha Agasson, Agace, Aggas
Agnes Agg, Agget, Aggett, Anns, Annison
Amice Ames, Amies, Amis, Amison, Amiss, Aymes
Anne Anns, Annson, Annett, Annis
Aveline Aveling, Eveling, Evelyn, Eveline
Avis Aves, Avis, Avison
Barbara Babb, Babbitt, Babbs, Babcock, Bable, Barbary
Basilia Bassil, Bassill, Bazell, Basley, Basely, Bazley
Beatrice Beaton, Beatson, Beeton, Beaten, Beattie
Cassandra Case, Cash, Cass, Casson
Cecily Sisley, Sisson
Christian Christie, Christy, Christison
Clarice Claridge, Clarridge, Clardge, Clarges, Clares, Claris
Constance Cuss, Cussans, Cust, Custance
Dionisia Dwight
Dowsabel Dous, Dowse, Duce, Dewse, Dowsett, Dowsing
Edith Eade, Eadie, Eady, Eddis, Eddison, Ede, Eden, Edis, Edison
Egelina Eglon, Eglin, Eagling, Eggling
Eleanor Ellen, Ellens, Ellin, Ellings, Ellins, Ellinor, Elson
Elizabeth Bethell, Bithell
Emma Emm, Emmett, Emmott, Emms, Empson, Imm, Imms
Eve Eaves
Galiena Gallon Gallyon
Hawise Hawes, Haweis, Hawison
Idonea Edney, Idney, Iddon, Idden
Isabella Bibbey, Bibby, Bible, Ebbetts, Ibbetson, Ibbison, Ibbot, Ibbotson, Ibbs, Ibsen, Ibson, Libby, Nibbs, Niblett, Tibbs
Isolda Isard, Izant, Izard, Izatt, Izod, Izzard Izzet, Izett
Juliana Gell, Gill, Gillett, Gillot, Gilson, Jewett, Jillson, Jolyan, Jowett, Julian, Julien, Julyan
Katharine Catlin, Caton, Cattell, Cattling, Kitson, Kittson
Lettice Lett, Letts, Letson, Lettey, Letty
Mabel Mabb, Mabbitt, Mabbot, Mabbs, Mabbutt, Mabson, Mabley, Mably, Mapp, Mappin, Mapson, Mobbs
Magdalen Maddison, Maudling
Margaret Madgett, Maggs, Magson, Margerison, Margetson, Margretts, Meggeson, Meggett, Megginson, Meggison, Meggitt, Meggs, Mogg, Moggs, Moxon, Pegg, Pegge, Pegson, Poggs, Poxon
Margery Margary, Marger(i)son, Margery, Margesson, Margetson, Margetts, Margrie
Mary Malkin, Malleson, Mallett, Mallinson, Marion, Maris, Marison, Marriot, Marriott, Marrison, Marryat, Maryat, Maule, Mollison
Matilda Madison, Maude, Maudson, Mault, Mawson, Mold, Mould, Moulds, Moulson, Mould, Moult, Mowle, Till, Tillett, Tilley, Tillison, Tillotson, Tillot, Tilson
Muriel Merrall, Merrell, Merrill, Murrells
Petronella Parnall, Parnel, Parnwell, Purnell
Rosamund Rosaman, Roseman, Rosomon
Sibyl Sibbet, Sibbs, Sibley, Sibly, Sibson
Susanna Sussams

This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.

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